Up Close: Ella Fitzgerald

A reading of Tanya Lee Stones' biography of Ella Fitzgerald lets middle schoolers get up close and personal with the First Lady of Jazz. Stone recounts details of Fitzgerald's life from her early days through her experiences as a teenage runaway to her eventual global fame. Check out these questions designed to spark a lively discussion of her biography.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

Classroom Considerations

  • The discussion guide is designed to accompany a class reading of Tanya Lee Stones' UPclose: Ella Fitzgerald
  • The biography is available for purchase online

  • The guide includes both comprehension and critical thinking questions

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